Ben Slind

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Slind

Bersvend (Ben) Slind was born in Selbu, Norway, in 1883. He was nineteen years old when he immigrated to the United States, initially settling near Marietta, Minnesota, where he worked on the Peter Eidem farm. He also worked at the Lac Qui Parle County Farm for a time. While working in this area, he became acquainted with Ingeborg Harstad, who was born in 1890.

In the spring of 1913, he traveled by train with P.W. Dunnom to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, which had been opened up for homesteading. They walked from Ryder to their claim, a distance of about eighteen miles. After filing on a claim, he returned to Marietta, where he and Ingeborg were married in July of 1913.

Following their wedding, they moved to their homestead shack near Roseglen. She had left a new home in Minnesota that was like a mansion compared to the tiny shack that Ben had built for them, but he didn’t recall her ever complaining.

The Slinds built onto their shanty and, as the years went by, more rooms were added. For years, the teachers who taught at the Wright School were boarded with the Slinds.

Their oldest son, Edwin, was kicked by a horse when he was small, and Ben hoisted him onto his back to begin the walk to see a doctor in Makoti. Nine children were born to the Slinds. One son, Lynn, died in 1938.

Their other children were Edwin, Art, Bernice, Kenneth, Myrtle, Lillian, Melvin, and Reuben.

Mrs. Slind passed away in 1960. When the Golden Jubilee book was published in 1967,  Mr. Slind was still living on his homestead, and was nearing the age of eighty-four.